Division Two and the U21 Division took centre-stage this week, naturally, with the championships in the top two divisions decided last week.
There are only four games left in the Premier Division after this week. On Wednesday night Houghton Main secured the runner’s up spot, with a 5-3 victory over Millmoor Juniors at Middlecliffe Lane. The finish is an improvement for Houghton Main, who finished third last term.
There was a rare Friday night game at Sheerien Park between Athersley Recreation Reserves and Wombwell Main. The game ended 1-1. The point takes Wombwell up one place to third-bottom, and they now need only a point from their remaining two games to avoid a bottom three finish.
Penistone Church Reserves ended their season in style with back-to-backs this week. Firstly, they defeated Millmoor Juniors Reserves 4-0 on Monday night at the Memorial Ground. They then went on to record a narrow 1-0 away win over Kingstone United on the weekend. Penistone finish the season in second and have only dropped two points in their last six matches, conceding just once.
Ecclesfield Red Rose also completed their fixture list in style, as they beat Sheffield Bankers 9-2 away-from-home. Ecclesfield’s start to the season was very promising registering seven straight wins, but inconsistency since means they settle for at most a fourth placed finish. The Bankers had also lost 1-0 midweek to Kingstone United to stretch their losing run to four games.
South Kirkby Colliery stretched their unbeaten run to six games, with an emphatic 5-0 over Millmoor Juniors Reserves at Millar’s Walk on Saturday. The win assures South Kirkby of First Division football next season.
A hat-trick from Thomas Beech helped Thorpe Hesley to a 4-1 away win over High Green Villa on Wednesday night. Thorpe Hesley need just one point from their final game or for Silkstone United to slip-up in either of their final two games to claim third place.
It has been a great week for Denaby Main, who won the S&HCFA Association Cup on Thursday, with a 2-0 win over AFC Emley (Development squad). They took control of the Division Two title race on Saturday, as they beat Parkgate Reserves 2-0 at Roundwood Pavilion. Denaby (on 50 points) lead the way by two points from rivals Denaby United. They need just four points from their final three games to clinch the title. Denaby United are not giving up the race yet though, as they five goals for fourth time in six matches on Saturday in a 5-1 away win over Sheffield Lane Top on Saturday. Denaby United have one game left and that comes at away to Denaby Main next Saturday.
A Ryan Ramsey brace inspired Caribbean Sports to a 3-0 win over Kiveton Park on Wednesday night. Caribbean can also catch leaders Denaby, as they have two games remaining and are just three points off the pace.
Worsbrough Bridge Athletic Reserves moved into fifth place on Wednesday, with their fifth midweek win of the season. They were 3-2 winners over Shaw Lane Aqua Force Barnsley Reserves at Park Road on Wednesday evening.
The game of the week in the U21 Division came at Oliver’s Mount where league leaders Handsworth Parramore U21 were hosting third placed Houghton Main U21 on Saturday. Handsworth new three points would give them the championship. It was not to be, however, as goals from Josh Hickling (2) and Josh Fair man gave Houghton Main a hard-fought 3-2 win. Houghton Main remain in third but are only three points behind second placed Millmoor Juniors U21 with three games spare.
Millmoor Juniors U21 pushed themselves into second place, with a back-to-back wins. On Monday they were 4-1 winners over North Gawber Colliery U21 at Woolley MW and 3-1 winners two days later against Caribbean Sports U21 at Grange Park.
The biggest win in the County Senior League this week was Swallownest Miners Welfare U21’s 9-0 away win over AFC Dronfield U21. Ross Duggan scored five of those goals for Swallownest. Fourth placed Swallownest may not have a chance of retaining their U21 Division title but seem determined to end their season on a high.
U21 Cup winners Athersley Recreation U21 were 3-2 winners away against Wombwell Main U21 on Saturday.